noun, plural he·red·i·ties. Biology.
- hereditary progressive arthro-ophthalmopathy,
- hereditary spherocytosis,
- hereditary spinal ataxia,
- heredomacular degeneration,
Origin of heredity
Examples from the Web for heredity
Not surprisingly, then, this is a book about heredity, about fathers and sons and their awkward relationships.
A frequently touching domestic drama about an academic Chicago family, it mulls Big Themes: war, faith, heredity.
The indelible effects produced by heredity are not to be remedied.Private Sex Advice to Women|R. B. Armitage
Is heredity more influential in the development of man, intellectually and morally, than his environment?Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index|Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Tall parents often have tall children, some of them may, by a special tendency of heredity, be taller even than themselves.Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
When men talk much about heredity and environment they are almost barbarians.All Things Considered|G. K. Chesterton
To insist upon the power of heredity was once considered to indicate a fatalistic pessimism.The Task of Social Hygiene|Havelock Ellis
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for heredity
1530s, from Middle French hérédité (12c.), from Latin hereditatem (nominative hereditas) "heirship, inheritance, condition of being an heir," from heres (genitive heredis) "heir, heiress," from PIE root *ghe- "to be empty, left behind" (cf. Greek khera "widow"). Legal sense of "inheritable quality or character" first recorded 1784; the modern biological sense seems to be found first in 1863, introduced by Herbert Spencer.
The passing of characteristics from parents to children. (See genetics.)